For a minor
English 2701 —American Literature Survey. A study of American literature from the beginnings to the present. Works by authors such as Jefferson, Hawthorne, Twain, Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Sylvia Plath, and Toni Morrison will be examined.
English 3711 —American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865. A study of American literature from the beginnings to the end of the Civil War. Works by such authors as Winthrop, Jefferson, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Douglass, Jacobs, and Melville will be examined.
English 3721 — American Literature II: 1865 to Present. A study of American literature from the end of the modernist period through to the contemporary. Authors such as Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Toni Morrisson, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, and Joyce Carol Oates will be examined.
History 1601— New Nations in North America. This course will examine the transfer of European ideas, institutions, political and economic structures to North America, and consider the reshaping of these by the North American experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on the transition from the colonial experience to the realization of new states.
History 1651—Native American Voices. This course will focus on the experience of Native Americans as they come to terms with living in the post-Colombian world. Emphasis will be given to Native American voices as preserved in primary materials.
And ONE of the following two:
History 2511 — The American Experience to 1865. This course introduces students to the main events, themes and issues of American history from the colonial period through the Civil War.
History 2521 — The American Experience After 1865. This course introduces students to the main events, themes and issues of American history from the Civil War to the present.
For a major
The above credits as well as:
English 1201 — Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis. This course, offered in several sections each term, is intended to develop students' critical reading skills and introduce them to the practice of academic writing as it applies to the discipline of English.
Geography 2311 — Introduction to Cultural Geography. This survey of the main themes and approaches of cultural geographers evaluates concepts such as the cultural area, ecology, and landscape in the context of North American and European settlement patterns
Geography 3301 — Historical Geography of North America. This course surveys the role of pre-twentieth century historical processes in shaping past and present North American landscapes. Significant writings in the evolution of historical geography are identified and analyzed.
Courses available as electives
Economics 1001 — Principles of Microeconomics. A general introduction to the study of Economics and the nature of economic problems. Of primary concern is the behaviour of consumers and firms in different markets, and the results of their actions as manifested in production, costs, and prices. Market efficiency and market failure are also examined.
Economics 1011 — Principles of Macroeconomics. A general introduction to the study of Economics and the nature of economic problems. Of primary concern is the determinants of the level of national income, employment, and the accompanying stabilization problems and policies. Topics also include money and banking. international trade, exchange rates, and the problems of inflation.
Economics 3501 — Economic Growth and Tech Change. This course covers economic theories of economic growth and technological change and their application in the study of the historical evolution of the world economy. Historical sections of the course will selectively cover materials on Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the developing world.
Economics 3711 — Labour-Management Relations (North America). An introduction to the history and institutions of the North American industrial relations system. Topics include: labour management techniques used by firms; unions and union strategies; government regulation of pay and working conditions; and the structure of collective bargaining.
English 3731 —African American Literature. A survey of African American literature from the beginnings to the present. Works by authors such as Wheatley, Douglass, Jacobs, Washington, DuBois, Larsen, Ellison, Wright, Walker, and Morrison will be examined.
English 3741 —Asian American Literature. A survey of Asian American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Works by authors such as Winnifred Eaton, John Okada, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Frank Chin will be examined.
English 3921 —Cultural Studies. This course offers an introduction to the broad field of contemporary cultural studies, paying particular attention to current theoretical models of 'reading' the texts of popular culture. Diverse forms of texts will be examined.
English 3931 — Aspects of Postmodernism. This course will examine various aspects of the postmodern aesthetic by exploring post-modern writing, such as that by Barth, Eco, Carter, Calvino, or Acker, within the context of recent theories of postmodernism; the course will explore implications of postmodernism as both a cultural and an aesthetic phenomenon.
English 4701 — Selected Topics in American Literature. This course is designed for the special study of a topic within this area. It may emphasize a major author, a group of authors, or thematic and stylistic developments. The topic selected by the department will be announced in the spring preceding the academic year in which it is to be offered.
English 4951 — Independent Study. A proposal for Independent Study should be developed after consultation with a member of faculty.
English 4990 — Honours Thesis. Supervised by members of the department, candidates for an honours degree must complete an honours thesis of acceptable scope and quality. The subject of the honours thesis is to be approved by the department at the end of the student's junior year. The candidate is to be directly responsible to a supervisor and a department committee.
Geography 2201 — Geography of Economic Activity. This course examines the changing spatial organization of the world industrial map since 1945 by comparing British and North American de-industrialization with the rapid growth of some sectors of newly industrialized countries. The effects of new production technology, changes in industrial organization and transnational corporations and new regional trading blocs on those changing patterns are discussed.
History 3511 — Colonial America. This course examines the founding and development of the Anglo-American colonies and their eventual revolution. Sectional studies of New England, the middle colonies and the southern colonies will be supplemented by close attention to the lives of patriot and loyalist leaders. The changing nature of the old empire and the continuities and discontinuities within the colonies will be emphasized.
History 3521 —The American Social and Cultural Experience. This course explores American social and cultural development. Themes may include immigration; slavery, race relations; abolitionism; the roots of modern American feminism; assimilation and the emergence of a common American culture.
History 3531 — American Women's History. This course will explore theoretical approaches to women's history through an examination of the role and experience of women in the United States from the revolution to the present.
History 3561 — United States Foreign Relations. This course surveys American diplomacy and foreign relations from colonial times through the twentieth century. Throughout, attention is paid to American domestic policies and the role of public opinion in determining foreign policy.
History 4500 — Topics in Modern American History. A seminar in selected topics in modern American history.
History 4510 — The American West. This course examines the history of the American West during the 19th and 20th centuries. It juxtaposes the real West to the mythic West and emphasizes the importance of each in American society and culture.
History 4571 — History of the Modern American Women’s Movement. This course will focus on the modern American women's movement, beginning with a brief examination of the history of feminism in the pre-World War II United States and continuing through to an examination of responses and backlashes to the women's movement. Emphasis will be given to the revolutionary character of that movement and the experience of American women as influenced by the movement.
History 4951 — Special Topics Directed Study. Permission of the instructor and department required.
History 4990 — Honours Thesis. Independent research and study under direction of a member of the department, for students in history honours program.
International Relations 2301 — Topics in IR. A study of the major issues and themes in international relations, including the nature of war and the conditions of peace.
International Relations 3101 — Global Governance. This course examines the role of international organizations in International Relations with a focus on the United Nations. It addresses the challenges of multilateral diplomacy in the age of globalization and U.S. supremacy.
International Relations 4301 — The Inter-American System. This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on contemporary problems in the inter-American system. It looks at the intersection of international diplomacy and the internal social, political, and economic dynamics of the countries that make up the Americas. As a continuation of INLR 3301, it examines the inter-actions of governments, non-state actors, and intergovernmental actors like the Organization of American States.
Political Science 3331 — American Foreign Policy. This course examines American foreign policy during the post-World War II period. The first half of the course introduces key concepts and theories concerning the making of American foreign policy. The second half of the course considers the post-Cold War security environment and the challenges facing U.S. policy makers in the contemporary environment.
Religious Studies 2841— The Apocalyptic Consciousness. A study of the apocalyptic consciousness in ancient documents and in modern thought, particularly with reference to ideas about the Day of Judgment and Second Coming. In addition to biblical and non-biblical texts, students will reflect on contemporary portrayals of the apocalyptic image in art, literature and film. Modern manifestations of the apocalyptic cult will be explored, with specific reference to cults of expectation.
Sociology 3431 — Critical Media Analysis. An advanced research course on the media-based control of information and dissemination of ideologies in modern society. The course will examine issues of ownership and control of the media and the social construction of news. Students will examine in detail current theoretical debates in cultural studies and media analysis.
Sociology 3451 — Dynamics of Popular Culture. An investigation of the process and forms of contemporary popular culture. Students will be introduced to the major theoretical debates in the field of popular culture. In addition, the course will examine the development of popular cultural expression.